Sous Chef - Eco-Friendly Events Venue

Sous Chef - Eco-Friendly Events Venue

20 Sep 2021
California, Mendocino county, 95460 Mendocino county USA

Sous Chef - Eco-Friendly Events Venue

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Sous Chef – Camp Navarro

Camp Navarro is seekingSous Chefs to join our Culinarydepartment. Our growing business is evolving from operating events and festivals to also incorporating transient hotel bookings for 2021. The successful candidate will employ culinary and managerial skills in order to play a critical role in maintaining and enhancing our customers’ satisfaction, while also working at an exciting and creative company. In this position, you’ll work under the direction of our Executive Chef to prepare flavorful and appropriate 'wine country meets camp' dishes that provide our diverse events and guests with the nourishment to fully immerse in the experience of their stay in the Redwoods. This position includes competitive compensation, and the opportunity to cater to a diverse range of events, including festivals, weddings, and corporate groups while working with the team to create truly unique events in a stunning location!

Reports to Executive Chef /FLSA Status: Non-Exempt

Purpose: Reporting to the Executive Chef, the Sous Chef is responsible for overseeing the production

and service of the highest quality food and beverage for Camp Navarro’s diverse clientele and events. Sous Chef coordinates and leads the daily shift operations of the main kitchen and assists Executive Chef in the operations of all satellite food and beverage outlets in accordance with the budget expectations, safety and quality standards, and policies of Camp Navarro.

General Requirements

The Camp Navarro Mission:

We invite people to experience nature and community by hosting inspired events and nightly stays while practicing responsible stewardship.

All employees are expected to understand and support our mission, which describes our relationship to our guests, fellow employees and our extraordinary natural environment.

Essential Duties

The competencies listed below are an overview of the essential duties and measures required to be successful in the position. Employees are expected to perform other duties as assigned. Note: The listed examples do not include all tasks which may be expected within this job description.

Culinary Management -CriticalTasks

Works with Executive Chef to oversee all culinary operations at Camp Navarro, including: main kitchen, Meadow Café, remote catering, pop-up events, pizza oven,and any other Camp Navarro food and beverage service

Meets daily with Executive Chef to strategize and plan food and beverage preparation and execution

Coordinates with Service Coordinator and/or Service Captain to time and execute timely and efficient food and beverage service

Practices and directs correct food safety, handling, and food storage procedures according to federal, state, local and company regulations; ensures all Camp Navarro employees comply with regulatory requirements for food safety

Experience overseeing successful HACCP plan

Experience maintaining a comprehensive inventory management system including purchase and cost tracking, regularly scheduled physical counts, waste log usage, andstringent receiving processes

Maintains product consistency by conducting regular assessment of all aspects of food and beverage production, storage, and service

Anticipates and identifies item shortages, works with Executive Chef on maintaining pars and conducting daily/weekly ordering

Identifies and reports nearing expiration dates or with other quality issues which may result in items needing to be discarded and or replaced

Monitors and logs all wasted/discarded inventory in Food Waste Log and reports to the Executive Chef

Ensures kitchen staff adhere to all Camp Navarro Kitchen SOPS and policies

Provides mentorship and training to line cooks, prep cooks, dishwashers and lessexperienced culinary team members

Works collaboratively with the culinary team to maintain the cleanliness and sanitation standards of Camp Navarro food production and service operations

Knowledge of traditional and specialty cooking techniques

Ability to operate commercial kitchen equipment

Adheres to company policies and procedures, laws including health and safety standards.

Adheres to location appearance guidelines

Acts with a sense of urgency and safety

Customer Service and Teamwork - CriticalTasks

Meets and exceeds co-workers’ expectations by providing excellent service and teamwork

Ensures all guests are quickly and politely greeted

Communicates effectively with customers, co-workers, and supervisors

Keeps Executive Chef (and General Manager when necessary) fully informed of allproblems or matter of significance

Works with Executive Chef to hire, train, supervise, and schedule all culinary andbeverage production and service team members

Reports any equipment in need of repair or replacement to Executive Chef orMaintenance Department in a timely manner

Maintains a favorable working relationship with all other Camp Navarro employees tofoster and promote a cooperative and harmonious working environment

Attends all appropriate company meetings and training sessions

Understands and executes emergency procedures in accordance with Camp Navarrostandards

Projects a favorable image of Camp Navarro to the public at all times

Qualifications and Standards

Education: Education in Culinary Arts Preferred


Minimum of 2 years of Sous Chef or equivalent Kitchen Management experience.

Minimum of 6 years food service experience, 2+ years of experience in high volume banquet or catering foodproduction preferred.

Must be able to demonstrate broad food and beverage knowledge and staff management capabilities.


Current California Food Safety Manager Certification

Excellent oral and written communication skills

Strong passion for culinary and hospitality excellence

In-depth skills and knowledge of all kitchen operations

Extensive knowledge of menu development, cost and wage control

Capable of producing a consistent product in a timely manner

Resilient in stressful situations and able to handle last minute requests

Exceptional customer service and leadership skills

Demonstrates ability to understand and effectively implement written and verbal instructions

Strong team orientation and ability to work with any department to accomplish assigned tasks

Ability to quickly problem solve and make sensible decisions.

Excellent interpersonal skills and recognition by others as a respected member of the team

Must possess excellent attention to detail, a high level or organization, the ability to multitask, and re-prioritize to meet deadlines on multiple projects

Must be able to speak, read, write and understand the primary language(s) used in the workplace

Maintains regular attendance, is consistently on time and complies with all Camp Navarro standards

Scheduling flexibility to meet operational needs

Physical Requirements

Able to perform all essential duties with or without accommodation

Pushing/Pulling: Average weight 40lbs constantly

Lifting/Carrying: Average weight 40lbs constantly

Standing/Walking: Constantly. Standing/walking the majority of scheduled shift

Kneeling/Crawling: Occasionally. Completing tasks throughout the Camp

Reaching: Constantly

Computer - Frequently

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